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Farnborough Win Premier Division Place Back

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Yet another play-off final involving the teams that finished the regular season in second and third place took place at the Rushmoor Community Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon where Farnborough hosted Barton Rovers.

Farnborough had completed a league `double` over Rovers so possessed the psychological advantage heading into the game.

In front of a crowd of 1,084, the game started in a very open fashion, with both sides going for it early on.

Charlie Smith fired wide for Rovers and namesake Tom Smith headed just over.

Then Connor Calcutt’s low cross falls to Lee Close, whose effort is tame and Boro `keeper Zaki Oualah comfortably collects.

Somewhat against the run of play though, Farnborough took the lead after 36 minutes and it was their vastly experienced striker Jamie Cureton who managed to poke the ball past Kyle Forster.

The visitors pushed Boro back at the start of the second half without seriously threatening Oualah.

The, on the hour-mark, Nic Ciardini escaped the Rovers defence, but his shot was blocked by Howie Hall for a corner.

A few minutes later, a flowing move involving Perry Coles, Josh Huggins and Cureton sees the latter hook a volley over the bar.

The on 67 minutes, Coles doubled Farnborough`s advantage, going through and slipping the ball past Forster from the edge of the box at the Prospect Road End.

Elliot Bailey fired over at the other end and Rovers fought hard to get back into the game.

A Michael Malcolm snapshot drifted over Oualah’s bar and at the other end, Cureton teed himself up inside the Rovers box but volleyed off target from the left corner of the box.

Ciardini then got away from Close down the left and Scott Donnelly faked to shoot before pulling the trigger but the ball went agonisingly wide.

Farnborough saw out 4 minutes of stoppage time to seal their place back in the Premier Division.


About Author

Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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